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  • Blog Post: Play Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 For Free In New Edition

    Konami has announced a free-to-play version of its popular Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 title, and this new way to experience the game comes out on December 8. This free download features an exhibition mode comprised of seven teams (Juventus, Bayern Munich, AS Roma, Brazil, France, and more), a training... More
  • Blog Post: Bandai Namco Announces Shutdown Of Rise Of Incarnates Just Three Months After Launch

    Another game-as-service is meeting an early demise. Just three months after launching, Bandai Namco has announced the end of Rise of Incarnates. Servers will remain open through December 15, but as of today all sales of in-game currency have ceased. Anything you already have in your account may still... More
  • Blog Post: Wildstar Free-To-Play Reboot Dated For September 29

    Carbine’s Wildstar is changing its approach in just a few weeks. The MMO genre is a tough one right now, and NCSoft is giving the sci-fi entry a new lease on life as a free-to-play game. Beginning on September 29, Wildstar will relaunch as a free-to-play game. Along with the change in business... More
  • Blog Post: Cliff Bleszinski Says Free-To-Play Games Are Like Feeding A Baby Asparagus

    Yesterday , Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski debuted his new game from Bosskey productions, a 5v5 multiplayer shooter called LawBreakers that hopes to compete with games like Team Fortress and Blizzard's upcoming Overwatch. It was revealed to be a free-to-play title prior to its official announcement... More
  • Blog Post: Guild Wars 2 Goes Free-To-Play Effective Immediately

    There are a few caveats for new free accounts, but overall, if you want to check out Guild Wars 2, you can now do so without paying. You can now play #GW2 for free. Mike O'Brien explains everything about it right here http://t.co/MZEhzE2DYX ^DO pic.twitter.com/n5g4ltH3ix — Guild Wars 2 (@GuildWars2... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: How Many Free-To-Play Games Do You Play?

    There are lots of free-to-play games, but most require significant time investment. How many do you play? Are you focused purely on Dota 2 or League of Legends? Or do you dabble in both? How about Team Fortress 2? Or PlanetSide 2? Do you play a whole bunch all at once? How about mobile games? Experiment... More
  • Blog Post: Angry Birds 2 Was Downloaded One Million Times In Half A Day

    Angry Birds 2 released on Thursday, and within 12 hours, the game had already been downloaded one million times. It's completely free-to-play this time around, adopting the standard model of forcing players to wait to play more if they use up their continues. It also has a ridiculous number of levels... More
  • Blog Post: Rise Of Incarnates Release Date Announced

    After four years of development, Bandai Namco Entertainment has announced Rise of Incarnates will release next month. Though Rise of Incarnates is currently available for download via Steam Early Access – it entered beta in August of last year – Bandai Namco plans to introduce a new character... More
  • Blog Post: PlanetSide 2 Release Locked And Loaded For PlayStation 4 Later This Month

    Sony and former subsidiary Daybreak have announced the release date for PlanetSide 2. The nine-month beta period is coming to an end, and the real war begins this month. When PlanetSide 2 arrives on PlayStation 4, in addition to its huge, record-setting battles , it will include some features exclusive... More
  • Blog Post: Watch Some Gameplay From The Russia-Only Free-To-Play Halo Online (While You Still Can)

    Modders have managed to obtain a version of the planned-for-Russia, free-to-play Halo Online and have captured video of the game in action. Halo Online is built using a modified Halo 3 engine, so many consider this to be as close to a PC version of Halo 3 that will ever exist. Some major differences... More
  • Blog Post: Apple Creates New ‘Pay Once And Play’ App Store Category Free Of F2P Games

    Free-to-play games and in-app purchases have been a point of contention for years now. With accusations of deceptive advertising and children racking up hefty credit card bills , the spotlight has shone brightly on problems with mobile app stores. Apple has taken steps recently to address some of these... More
  • Blog Post: Aerena Ditches Free-To-Play Model With New Masters' Edition

    It's common to see game franchises going free-to-play, but Cliffhanger Productions is taking the opposite tack with its acclaimed turn-based strategy game, Aerena. Aerena is a turn-based combat title that's earned considerable praise - but apparently this acclaim has not translated into sales... More
  • Blog Post: Ubisoft's The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot Leaves Open Beta, Officially Launches

    Ubisoft's free-to-play castle and loot defender is no longer in open beta and is now considered a official full release. Announced at E3 2013, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is a cartoonish title in both visuals in tone that lets you build a castle full of defenses to protect your loot, while attempting... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Ascend: Hand Of Kul Unexpectedly Discontinued On Xbox 360

    Update: Microsoft has responded to a request for comment on Ascend: Hand of Kuhl. “We can confirm that effective November 18, 2014, ‘Ascend’ on Xbox 360 will close," a Microsoft representative told us via email. "Players will still be able to play ‘Ascend’ on Xbox... More
  • Blog Post: Rise Of Incarnates' Beta Is Now Live

    Rise of Incarnates, Bandai Namco's two on two free-to-play melee shooter, has officially entered beta. In the game, players play as fighters with recently awakened abilities allowing them to use the powers of gods and demons. Some characters transform into super-powered gods and demons, while others... More
  • Blog Post: The Term ‘Free-To-Play' Might Be On Its Way Out

    Earlier this month, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority issued a ruling that may have far-reaching implications for free-to-play games. The organization deemed that EA’s use of the word “free” with regard to Dungeon Keeper Mobile (a title that uses in-app microtransactions... More
  • Blog Post: Cliff Bleszinski Reveals BlueStreak Concept Art, Explains Why He Went With Nexon

    After recently announcing his retirement from retirement and revealing BlueStreak, Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski has answered some questions about the game, and released some concept art. You can check out the concept art from the game above, which appears to take place in Los Angeles. You can... More
  • Blog Post: UK Advertising Authority Strikes Blow Against ‘Free-To-Play’ And EA’s Dungeon Keeper

    The British Advertising Standards Authority has fired a shot against EA and, potentially, all uses of the term “free-to-play” in advertising. The government agency has upheld a complaint that the mobile version of Dungeon Keeper has mechanisms in place to push players toward monetization... More
  • Blog Post: Valve Releases New Team Fortress 2 Animated Short And Dance Taunts

    Valve has added a collection of dance taunts for your Team Fortress 2 avatars to use, but the more exciting news is the release of a new animated short. The new taunts include being able to dance the conga, square dance, headbutt one another, do flips, and play rock, paper, scissors. Valve has also launched... More
  • Blog Post: Happy Wars Coming To Xbox One

    The popular free-to-play Xbox 360 title Happy Wars is coming to Xbox One with some new additions. Xbox One and Xbox 360 players will be able to play with another. Four-player split-screen will also be available, and as most video games do these days, zombies are now part of the experience. More
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